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[image]10/25/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 298 Date: 10/25/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: In today's improvisation I wanted to sculpt a sound mood that was immediately evocative of a melancholic, deep feeling of the blues. I used wide vibrato with a de-tuned C minor triad, along with small interruptions by a chord series. This improvisation took shape after working with a small cluster of tones in the upper register with the pitches B, Bb, ...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo Saxophone; Avant-garde
Downloads: 7
[audio]02: 13: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 44Date: 02/13/2013Instrument: Tenor saxophoneLocation: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)Notes:In our practice routines, woodwind players often take a single pitch and attempt to do a seamless crescendo or diminuendo.  This strengthens our embouchure and steadies our air flow.  This has always been a part of my daily practice routine but I also incorporate overtones into this process...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 31
[image]09/16/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 259 Date: 09/16/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: In a rehearsal yesterday with Chris Icasiano for our duo Bad Luck, we worked on melodic material we've constructed that can only be played by the two of us. This is an artistic process we've cultivated over several years together now. Our compositional process is reliant on each other for execution, with passages that are specifically written for textu...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 13
[audio]01/15/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Project Day 15 Date: 01/15/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Chief Sealth High School/Denny Middle school performing arts hall. Seattle, WA Notes: During a practice session or performance, I work to tame my mind and to control my focus on a task at hand. In many ways I feel that practicing music is engaging in a process similar to traditional meditation. Attempting a subtle, thoughtful activity such as meditation requires a calm mind, but also a very active engagement in t...
Keywords: Neil Welch; avant garde; 12 Moons; solo saxophone
Downloads: 21
[audio]03: 31: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 90 Date: 03/31/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: In preparation for a performance later in the day, I began this morning with an improvisation focused on a very clear center of action.  I played as quietly as possible in the mid altissimo range.  This is a difficult area of the horn, made more so when a low volume is needed.  Many of my improvisations use a single fingering that elicits a larger...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant garde
Downloads: 21
[image]05/25/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 145 Date: 05/25/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: After spending time working with a variety of textures during my practice session today, I arrived back at a familiar technique of singing into the horn while playing. This technique is relatively simple with some pitces, but depending on what range is chosen the horn can fight back with an incredible amount of back pressure and physical discomfort...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 9
[image]11/10/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 314 Date: 11/10/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: The rec room of my childhood home in Edmonds, WA Notes: This morning on our way out of town, I stopped by my families house and recorded a short improvisation. We work up early to get a jump on the day, and my wife and I had several hours of driving ahead of us. Today is her birthday, and with a busy day planned there was very little for me to practice...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 6
[image]06/19/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 170 Date: 06/19/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: I spent nearly my entire practice session with the colors explored in this improvisation. I have from time to time stumbled on fingerings that produce very quiet, hidden bends with contrary motion. The sounds captured on this improvisation are only possible at an extremely low volume with a very focused air flow...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; avant-garde; solo saxophone
Downloads: 9
[audio]02/05/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 36 Date: 02/05/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Choir room at Chief Sealth high school. Seattle, WA Notes: In my improvisation today I decided to try and explore an equal use of melodicism and harmony. The overtones and multiphonics I work on are often very colorful, filled with complex chords and rich clusters of sound. I find this complexity to be beautiful unto itself, but at times my ear is also drawn towards particular pitches or sounds...
Keywords: Neil Welch 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 26
[audio]04: 02: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Date: 04/02/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Woodland park overpass at 50th and Aurora in Seattle, WA Notes: My brother once lived in a house next to a freeway barrier off of I-5 and would sit outside and pretend that a river was flowing on the other side of the concrete wall.  Living in a rural place these past several months has made me appreciate the distinctive, ambient noise of traffic...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 18
[audio]03: 26: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 85Date: 03/26/2013Instrument: Tenor saxophoneLocation: Performance Hall at Chief Sealth High School.  Seattle, WANotes:I'm fascinated by scales and their pure, evocative power.  Today I improvised a symmetrical 12 note scale that, to my ears, seemed to have a several sombre melodies within it.  At the heart of this scale I chose to explore a series of minor gestures with a repetitive, downward motion. The pitches used follow a b3, 2, 1 shape which is then ...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 21
[audio]04: 19: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 109 Date: 04/19/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: In my improvisation today I worked with the technique of "floating" specific keys.  I used the following fingering: (Left Hand) B-A-G keys, Palm Eb // (Right Hand) F-E keys, Low C.  With this root fingering, I slowly open and close the Palm Eb and Low C keys, never fully closing them against the body of the horn.  This sonic approach to this impr...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 52
[image]10/04/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 277 Date: 10/04/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: A few days ago my life force felt incredibly depleted. There was a hollowness in me that wasn't exhaustion or depression but something deeper and older. I described it to my wife that I felt like a human puzzle with a missing piece. There was some indescribable thing that I was yearning for, and I came to realize that I needed the healing medicine of J...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 19
[image]09/15/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 258 Date: 09/15/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: Today I worked with a bluesy gesture in the key of E minor. I used a series of multiphonics which hd distinct profiles in two separate octaves, creating melodic ideas that I explored in each range but tried to weave together into a broader melodic and harmonic whole...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 6
[audio]01/22/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Date: 01/22/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Chief Sealth/Denny Middle school performing arts auditorium. Seattle, WA Notes: Many of my improvisations come to reflect work that I've practice that day or a conceptualized theme that led to an improvisation. My piece today does not use either of the these models. Besides drive time in my car, my only available recording time today was a 20 minute window between teaching students...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 20
[audio]01/02/2013 - Neil Welch
Location: Home studio (Clinton, WA) Instrument: tenor saxophone Notes: During this improvisation I worked to create an atonal bass line with interruptions in the meter by rhythmically opposing melodic figures. I start out with small interruptions and gradually begin to length the melodic phrases. I'm currently exploring the use of rhythmic phrasing that does not have a steady meter beneath it. When I hear the great Albert Ayler exploring sound color, it feels very rhythmic to me despite not bein...
Keywords: neil welch; solo saxophone; avant garde; 12 Moons
Downloads: 40
[audio]03: 30: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 89 Date: 03/30/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) My mind is wrapped around process in art today.  I spent the morning painting, which is the first time I've done such a thing since I was a kid.  What struck me immediately was not where to begin, but the daunting task of how to begin.  I immediately considered how I approach my instrument.  As a life-long student I must be constantly concerned with deta...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant garde
Downloads: 21
[audio]03: 20: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 79Date: 03/20/2013Instrument: Tenor saxophoneLocation: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)Notes:Over the past three or four years, I've made the study of multiphonics my primary goal.  As part of this study, I transcribe my discoveries into traditional notation, writing out the particulars of each chord as best I can.  I'm fascinated by the reality that due to the finite nature of these chords, the tuning of particular notes defies traditional notati...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 16
[image]09/08/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 251 Date: 09/08/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: On the drive home from Oregon, my wife and I listened to an amazing celtic flute solo on the radio. The musician created the illusion of a virtuosic duet being played, but it was in reality a carefully executed composition for flute played live. It was one of the best examples in my memory of using specific techniques--quick tempo, heavy ornamentation,...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 14
[audio]04: 25: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 115 Date: 04/25/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Practice room C at South Whidbey High School.  Langley, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: I felt in me a brooding, quiet panic this afternoon.  Facing this I was compelled to explore a piece that did not overtly take advantage of it but tried to cut to the heart of this strange feeling within me.  I wanted to express in the music the mood itself and not my selfish interpretation of it.  It was not a de...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 20
[audio]05: 14: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 134 Date: 05/14/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Choir room at Chief Sealth High School. Notes: Today is my first day home from tour, and I was back in the classroom early this morning.  In the choir room at Chief Sealth High School there's an air duct that emits a steady flow of air with a constant murmur.  Strung up on the ceiling against the back wall are shredded plastic streamers, and the air duct blows directly towards the streamers at one...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 13
[image]07/18/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 199 Date: 07/18/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Practice Room A at South Whidbey High School. Langley, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: During this improvisation I explored a simple melody with that used a fingering system with single and split tones. This folk-like melody is centered around the first three notes of the major scale. Each of the pitches was a quarter step high, making them sound tempered in relation to one another despite being very out of...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 5
[image]08/16/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 229 Date: 08/16/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: A forested area at my childhood elementary school. Edmonds, WA Notes: Before heading to my family's house, early this morning I stopped and walked around the forested areas at my childhood elementary school. I grew up across the street from this school, and the grassy fields and small, wooded areas were my daily spots for exploration growing up...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 6
[audio]05 12 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 132   Date: 05/12/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Oroville Dam in Oroville, California.   Notes:   Now on day 7 of our tour, Bad Luck plays tonight in Chico, California.  On our drive up from Sacramento, we decided to burn some time exploring the Oroville Dam.  After a bit of searching we eventually arrived at the massive vista point we were searching for.  We set up camp to do some playing on the South facing side of a massive man made river ...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde; oroville dam
Downloads: 89
[audio]03: 14: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 73Date: 03/14/2013Instrument: Tenor saxophoneLocation: Practice Room B at South Whidbey High School.  Langley, WA (Whidbey Island)Notes:Today I explored my instrument to find a gesture, sound, rhythm, melody, etc. that when augmented in a slight way could become something quite different altogether.  In this improvisation I attempted to explore this idea in terms of duplicity, and to balance the two opposing worlds in equal measure...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 20
[image]08/04/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 217 Date: 08/04/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: The use of singing through my horn as a means toward sound-color creation is a concept I've worked with for some time now. In today's improvisation, I began with a steady chord created by singing a Concert Db through my horn. This Db became a drone throughout most of the improvisation, and then I focused on 3 sound areas that incorporated the drone in ...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 14
[audio]02/08/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 39 Date: 02/08/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: A few years back a student of mine traveled to India with his family and as a gift they brought back a recording of the great Indian Shehnaai Player Ustad Bismillah Khan. The first gesture of the album begins with an upward to downward bend, with a final upward resolution...
Keywords: Neil Welch 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 35
[image]05/31/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 151 Date: 05/31/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: This morning during my practice session I worked on challenging intervalic sixteenth shapes with no tonal center. When tackling exercises of this kind it's amazing how familiar the most abstract shape can become. My improvisation today was influenced by this theme and identification of "markers" in a line that the ear becomes drawn to once intimate fam...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 18
[image]10/01/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 274 Date: 10/01/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Main performance hall at Chief Sealth High School Notes: For the third consecutive Tuesday in a now I was back in the main performance hall at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle. My current reed allowed for a very precise attack, particularly with a hard, swiping action, and I decided to center today's improvisation around this technique and use the reverent hall to accentuate it...
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Downloads: 7
[audio]03/10/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 69 Date: 03/10/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: This improvisation was recorded before dawn. I decided to work today with a consistent air flow, but to pair this consistency with fingerings that created a variety of natural dynamic levels. With the use of false fingerings, a wide array of muted tones can being created...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 14
[audio]04: 15: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 105 Date: 04/15/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: My improvisation today explores melodicism within both chordal gestures and in single pitches.  The approach taken in this piece is somewhat different than any I've explored within this solo project so far.   Generally, when I thread chords together it's the chords themselves that are the main focus, but today I instead worked to place the interna...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 18
[audio]04: 04: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 94Date: 04/04/2013Instrument: Alto saxophoneLocation: Langley Middle School band room.  Langley, WA (Whidbey High School)Notes:A week ago I found myself with a few minutes between sectionals at Langley Middle School.  I noticed a large, vintage looking timpani drum and I couldn't resist playing into it.  I was amazed by the deep, lasting resonance inside this drum and particularly so compared to the other two kettle drums on either side of it...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 25
[image]06/05/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 156 Date: 06/05/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: This afternoon I spent my practice session working strictly on free improvisation, and decided to take the day off from any etudes, long tones or scales that normally make up a part of my routine. Life is so busy at the moment and it felt good just to play the horn without any kind of agenda attached to it...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 4
[audio]02: 17: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 48 Date: 02/17/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Office storage room on 45th avenue.  Seattle, WA  Notes: From the loudest possible guttural sounds to the quietest closing of a key cup, I find solace in exploring the extremes of my instrument and the control of my body while playing.  My practice session today felt very scattered and unsettled, namely one of those inevitable days where I found it difficult to walk away feeling positive about my ...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; Solo Saxophone; Avant-garde
Downloads: 27
[audio]03/09/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 68 Date: 03/09/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: In my practice session today I worked on flutter-tonging, and trying to control my use of this tonging in the middle to upper register. Flutter tonging is akin to rolling your r"s for an extended period of time. This is a technique I've only worked on for about two years or so, and I have a long way to go as far as control and flexibility are concerned...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 18
[audio]05: 10: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 130 Date: 05/10/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Dead end of a service road off I-5 between Los Banos and Merced, CA. Notes: Now on day five of our Bad Luck tour, this morning Chris flew back to Seattle to play a show and I drove the car from San Diego up to San Francisco.  I struck out by myself at 4:45am.  There's nothing like waking up early and driving away.  I recorded this improvisation about 9 hours into my 11 hour solo trip, between Fr...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 16
[audio]03: 28: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 87Date: 03/28/2013Instrument: Tenor saxophoneLocation: Practice Room B at South Whidbey High School.  Langley, WA (Whidbey Island)Notes:A friend contacted me today about a piece of music I wrote a few years ago.  The composition, entitled "For Ann" was composed after learning about the passing of a close friend's mother, Ann Stewart, a teacher, parent, wife and wonderful person who was also an important figure in my life growing up...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 20
[audio]02: 20: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 51Date: 02/20/2013Instrument: Tenor saxophoneLocation: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)I spent the morning working on sustained pitches in the altissimo range of the upper register.  This is a difficult task on the saxophone and a small part of my daily practice routine.  A current goal of mine is to create a stable quarter tone fingering system from the lower register into this altissimo range...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; Solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 19
[audio]02: 14: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 45Date: 02/14/2013Instrument: Tenor saxophoneLocation: Practice room B at South Whidbey High School.  Langley, WA (Whidbey Island)Notes:My ears were bent towards interloping chords today.  As I have stated before, the practice room B at SWHS is a fantastic, resonant space to play.  My improvisation to today focuses on the use of chord clusters with fluttering inside tones...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; Solo Saxophone; Avant-garde
Downloads: 18
[audio]04: 01: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 91 Date: 04/01/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: On recommendation from my brother, I'm currently reading a book about the Memory Palace technique, which is a mnemonic device used to remember virtually any strain of information.  This is a fascinating idea, and as part of this process I've decided to spend time surveying areas of my playing which I know to be weak, in order to identify new methods...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 17
[audio]05: 03: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 123 Date: 05/03/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: Today's improvisation focused on the theme of persistence.  Most days I work through a regular practice routine that involves traditional techniques--scales, arpeggios, chromatic movements, melodic exercises, overtones, etc. before delving into extended technique.  Today however I found myself with less time to practice and little desire to move t...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 17
[image]06/27/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 178 Date: 06/27/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: A forest between Maxwelton Road and Highway 522. Langley, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: I welcomed the transition from afternoon to evening with this improvisation. After teaching and rehearsing for the bulk of the day, on the way home I stopped at a pullout in the forest. It looked to be an old logging road that cut up into a now very overgrown forest--nature is taking it back...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 4
[audio]09/07/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 250 Date: 09/07/2013 Instrument: soprano saxophone Location: Beside a creek in Daggettville, Oregon Notes: While still camping on the Oregon coast today, my wife and I drove down Highway 101 for about 70 miles (140 miles round trip), making our way from Cannon Beach to about Newport. We experienced an extraordinary array of scenery, from grand vistas looking out at the Pacific Ocean, to beach-side towns with families and tourists, open farmland and heavily tre...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 9
[audio]04: 29: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Project Day 119 Date: 04/29/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: Yesterday I explored the wide angles possible through embouchure vibratto.  Today I decided to continue the theme of pliable fingerings by creating unbroken bends within a given range.  The interval distance is approximately a major third, from a middle octave B to a D#.  I begin the piece with an initial presentation of the full bend, and during the impro...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 14
[audio]04: 14: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Project Day 104 Date: 04/14/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Rec Room of my family home. Edmonds, WA Notes: A specific region of the horn I'm exploring lately is the lower right hand stack clutch key.  When the notes F, E, D and F# are played this secondary clutch key is depressed, but there is no traditional fingering that allows it to close on its own.  The discoveries I've made so far are limited in application, because the key has more of a complimentary effect w...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 29
[audio]04: 21: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 111 Date: 04/21/2013 Instrument: Alto saxophone Location: Lecture Room 331 in the University of Washington School of Music.  Seattle, WA Notes: This is my first improvisation in the 12 Moons series that was specifically inspired by the music of another musician.  I spent about an hour with my friends and fellow saxophonists Ivan Arteaga and Jacob Zimmerman beginning work on Roscoe Mitchell's composition Nonaah, scored for 4 saxophones.  The percussive, d...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 46
[audio]04: 05: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 95 Date: 04/05/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: With the return of Spring my spirits are feeling high, and I woke this morning feeling calm and strong.  I wanted to explore a common feeling--a sound of brotherhood that is innately in all of us.  I feel that there are specific melodies, gestures, scales and chords that are universal to all musical traditions which I qualify as "root" sounds...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 27
[audio]03: 22: 2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 81 Date: 03/22/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) Notes: This morning we woke to find snow on the ground.  It's the third day of Spring and it was cold enough to blanket nearly the entire island.  Schools were closed and the morning came to stand still.  My wife and I had planed on driving up the island today to take a boat onto the mainland, but had to turn around about half way after we saw several ca...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 32
[image]09/03/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 246 Date: 09/03/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: My cabin at the base of Mt. Index. Mount Index, WA Notes: I spent the day at my cabin; reading, practicing, and sitting inside tending to the fire were the main events of my day. I had my dog to keep me company, and the weather was mild and the cabin warm and dry. This is a small 110 square foot, one-room cabin located at the base of Mount Index in the Central Cascades...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 moons; solo saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 8
[image]08/29/2013 - Neil Welch
12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 242 Date: 08/29/2013 Instrument: Tenor saxophone Location: The rec room of my childhood home in Edmonds, WA Notes: While practicing this afternoon I decided to tailor an improvisation around a particular 3-note chord cluster. As in my improvisation from two days ago (12 Moons improvisation day 240), this cluster is a very mystical assemblage of three very close tones...
Keywords: Neil Welch; 12 Moons; Solo Saxophone; avant-garde
Downloads: 6
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